Appointees Include Robert Krahulik, Gert Mokotoff and Stephen O’Donnell; Thomas Capach is Student Trustee

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – At its “kickoff meeting” for the 2008-09 academic year, held Monday evening in Morrison Hall, the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees greeted four new members as Robert E. Krahulik, Gertrude F. Mokotoff, Stephen P. O’Donnell Sr. and Thomas W. Capach joined the College’s leadership team.

Appointed in July and attending their first official meeting Monday, the new Trustees were welcomed to the Board by Chair Joan Wolfe, who conducted the Oath of Office.. Mokotoff, whose seven-year term expires in June 2015, was appointed to the Board by New York Governor David Paterson. Krahulik and O’Donnell, appointed by Orange County Executive Edward Diana, will see their six-year terms expire in June 2014. As Student Trustee, Capach will serve one year.

PHOTO: Gertrude MokotoffThe SUNY Orange Board of Trustees is comprised of 10 members. The county executive and governor appoint five and four members to the Board, respectively, while the student trustee is selected from the student body. The new members will serve alongside Wolfe and current Trustees Brutus W. Hodge (vice chair), Sister Margaret Murphy (secretary), Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen, Dr. Roberto Calderon and Maria G. Diana.

For Mokotoff (left), the appointment marks her return to the SUNY Orange Board and resumes her long association with the College. She previously spent nine years as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and was a professor of laboratory technology at SUNY Orange for 27 years prior to her retirement. She was a founding member of the College’s Encore program (for senior learners) and has been active in that organization throughout its existence.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1938 and her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1964. She boasts 12 years of elected service to the City of Middletown, including one term as mayor, four years as City Council president and four years as Second Ward alderman. She has served on countless boards and committees in the area, including Middletown Thrall Library, League of Women Voters and Temple Sinai. She also volunteers her time to numerous groups, including Jewish Services and the Thrall Library. She is a certified mediator by the Dispute Resolution Center in Goshen. Mokotoff resides in Middletown.

PHOTO: Robert KrahulikKrahulik (right) is the senior partner at Bonacic, Krahulik & Associates LLP, which operates law practices in Warwick and Middletown. Outside his professional career, Krahulik serves as president of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, trustee and secretary of the Orange County Citizens Foundation and director of Orange County United Way. He also serves as chairman of the Orange County Municipal Park Advisory Committee and formerly served as director of the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center.

Krahulik graduated cum laude from Siena College in 1987, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He earned his law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1990, also graduating cum laude. He resides in Warwick with his wife, Christine, and children Thomas (12) and Katie (11).

PHOTO: Stephen O'Donnell Sr.O’Donnell (left) is a vice president with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He has extensive experience in public service, business and financial services. For the last 10 years, O’Donnell has worked in the financial services industry, holding the positions of financial advisor, portfolio manager and branch manager.

A former Marine, O’Donnell spent eight years in law enforcement, serving as youth counselor, federal corrections officer, police officer, defensive tactics instructor and physical fitness assessor. In 1996 he created a system of defense and control for police officers that has been adopted into new recruit training by several states across the country.

A second-degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, O’Donnell taught an accredited Aikido course at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. He has more than 20 years of experience in the martial arts. While in Wyoming, O’Donnell served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Crisis Intervention Services in Park County, an organization that provided shelter and assistance to women who were the victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

PHOTO: Thomas CapachO’Donnell resides in Port Jervis with his wife, Sue Jean, and his daughter, Stephanie, The couple’s two sons, Stephen Jr., 20, and Ryan, 18, are both presently serving in the U.S. Marines.

Capach (right), a Maybrook resident and 2006 graduate of Valley Central High School, is pursuing a degree in Individual Studies at SUNY Orange. He also serves on the Student Senate and was a founding member of the College’s Students for a Democratic Society chapter.

The SUNY Orange Board of Trustees typically meets at 7 p.m. in Morrison Hall on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August when the group does not gather.

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